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Work it at home: New Traditions

Traditionally, Thanksgiving is all about FOOD. Learning how to make food that your grandmother used to make or deciphering the recipe you mother-in-law mailed to you. A lot of us sit around and watch the Macy's parade or watch one of the countless football games on TV. But I am here to advocate new traditions, physical traditions, traditions that get the family up and moving together.

Why not play touch football like the Kennedy's - how more Americana can you get on our national day of thanks? But you can also play catch, soccer or Frisbee.

Or take a hike. This gets tricky with a turkey in the oven. Someone (read MOM) stays behind with the turkey, but with a lot of little ones running about this might be a nice break for the cook too.

If it is raining or too cold to go out, there is always a game of Twister. Or put on some tunes and have a family dance party. ( Fit's disclaimer: Your home dance party might not be as quaint as the one pictured above since it's hard these days to find both a fireplace and a fiddler.)

I am sure there are so many fun possibilities out there. Let me know if I've missed your tradition.

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BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
I will Fit! I haven't taken it yet, but a lot of people have and they love it! I just know I'll look absolutely ridiculous! But hey, it's worth trying right?!
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Belly dancing on Turkey Day what a hoot!!! I love the idea. BlondeSugar if you take it let me know how it goes? I'm ever so curious about belly dancing.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
Aw that stinks Azucar. :(
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 10 years
Blonde_ That sounds so great. My gym is so boring. That's what I get for moving away from NYC!
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
I love my gym. On Thanksgiving day, they're having Spinning, followed by Yoga, and then Bellydancing. All starting at 8:15am. What a great way to start the day, especially Thanksgiving!
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 10 years
Cute disclaimer, Fit. The dancing, twister, and sports games outside all sound do-able. One year we had a talent competition at Thanksgiving, lol... so that was a lot of dancing, singing, and comedy.
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
We've been having dance parties here - my kids love to dance. And they like to be held while dancing. Now that is a work out.
amyfinke amyfinke 10 years
Have the family all sign up for a turkey trot or some other kind of 5k on Thanksgiving...great way to work out before you pig out! :)
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